Odisha government decided to introduce motorcycle ambulances in the inaccessible Nagada cluster of hamlets located on the hilltop in Jajpur district.
Health minister Pratap Jena, who visited the area this afternoon, also announced that a health sub-centre would be set up at Kaliapani, 12km from Nagada, and that infrastructure at the community health centre in Sukinda would be upgraded.
Nagada was in the news last year after it was found that at least 19 children had died within six months allegedly due to malnutrition.
Being remote, people living in the area do not have access to various development and welfare schemes, be it health care, education or nutrition. There was no road communication to the hills and the nearest health centre was 30km away at Sukinda, a chromite mine hub.
A motorable road has been laid to the Nagada hills and the health minister, who went today by road, said the ambulance service would be launched shortly.